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on 1 August 2012
Set in the days of Puritan America this book shows just how small minded these first settlers were. When Hester Prynne finds herself pregnant she is thrown into prison and made to sew a scarlet A onto her bodice to denote that she is an adultress. The Father of the child, who I will not reveal is evidently a coward as he watches whilst poor Hester is set up on a platform, babe in arms wearing her badge of shame. On this day, looking over the crowd, Hester spies a man who she never thought she would see again and becomes nearly catatonic with the shock.
Many years later although she still wears the badge, the townsfolk have more or less forgiven her as she carries out charitable works and tends to the sick and dying. Her child, Pearl is an odd creature, wilful, spiteful and yet sometimes loving. This is probably as a result of her never playing with other children.
Is Hester the sinner or has she been sinned against? That dear reader is for you to interpret.
All I can say is, that this is a classic and even the film did fair justice to the novel although it did make one of the main characters slightly more attractive than he actually is portrayed in the book.